Sunday Classes

Summer Sunday School: Living Faithfully in Challenging Times

Sundays, 9:30–10:30 a.m., Stone Hall

June 16: "An Explosive Mix: Politics and Religion in Jesus' World (and ours?!)"

David Renwick 

A new super-power flexing its muscle, reactions to globalization and pluralism, growth of extremism and withdrawal from the dominant culture—all this and the first-century world of Jesus! We’ll explore how lessons from religion and politics in Jesus’ time can be applied to our lives today.

June 23: "Why Race and Religion are at the Heart of America's Identity Crisis"

Robert Jones

Over the last decade, the U.S. has shifted from a majority white Christian nation to one where no racial-religious group constitutes a majority. Dr. Jones will lead a conversation about why these shifts have led to an identity crisis among those who were previously in the majority and how these anxieties are fueling increasing partisan polarization and a new round of culture wars focused on immigration issues.

June 30: "God and the Art of Happiness"

Ellen Charry

Christians live in the hope of heaven, but we tend to be tentative about experiencing too much joy this side of paradise. This doesn’t need to be the case! Based on her own personal experience of pain and loss, Dr. Charry will offer a biblical vision of Christian happiness that brings together pleasure and piety, goodness and happiness. 

July 7: "Did the Exodus Happen and Does It Matter?"

Tremper Longman 

The Exodus from Egypt is the foundational story of the Old Testament, but outside of the Bible there is no direct evidence that it actually happened. Yet some scholars contend that even though it may not have happened in space and time, the exodus is a powerful story of God’s rescue of his people. Did the exodus happen? Does it matter? We will also consider the question of divine violence as God uses the Red Sea to kill the Egyptian army. How can a God of love be a God of anger? 

July 14: "Ambassadors for Christ: Diplomatic Service in the Arabian Peninsula" 

Derek Hoffmann & Tamara Shaya Hoffmann 

NPC members Tamara Shaya Hoffmann and Derek Hoffmann depart later this summer for an assignment with the State Department in the United Arab Emirates. They’ll share how they see their diplomatic work as part of their Christian vocation.

July 21: "Light in the Dark: The Refugee Church" 

Tom Albinson

Tom Albinson is the president and founder of the International Association for Refugees (IAFR), one of our Capital Campaign mission partners working with refugees in Kenya, Africa. Violence and hatred have forcibly displaced more people in the world than at any time since World War II. Humanitarian agencies work around the clock to help, but there is a need for more than humanitarian response. Come and explore the unique and critical role of the church in the global refugee crisis.

July 28: "Our Amazing Universe: Science, Wonder, and Praise"

Jennifer Wiseman 

Modern telescopes are revealing a mind-boggling universe filled with galaxies, nebulae, planets, black holes, and mysterious dark matter.  Astronomer Jennifer Wiseman will discuss how the latest advances in astronomy and other sciences relate to Christian faith, ethics, and awe.

August 4: "Howard Thurman: Spiritual Prophet for Today’s Church"

Anthony Hunt

Howard Thurman was a leading theologian, philosopher, and church leader of the 20th century who made a profound impact on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thurman scholar Anthony Hunt will offer perspectives on his life and writings, giving particular focus to Thurman as a Mystic-Prophet, his thoughts on the search for common ground, and ways that Thurman’s life and work might inform our contemporary situation. 

August 11: "Alienated America: How the Unchurching of Communities is Harming the Country, and How to Turn it Around"

Timothy Carney

Looking to all corners of America, Carney will explore how failing social connections are responsible for the great divide in our country today, and why conventional analyses and solutions are not adequate to solve the problem. He sees the challenges facing modern America from a different angle, and will propose a framework for leading us out of the wilderness.  

August 18: "In the Age of Artificial Intelligence, Can Morality Be Coded?"

 Margaret Kibben

Consideration of artificial intelligence (AI) often includes job replacement concerns, and the ability for humans to have the upper hand over machines. But an even more fundamental question of value must be asked: can morality be coded? When using AI for combat operations, where decisions are made by algorithms determined by facts and patterns, is there room for the moral implications of an action on the preservation of virtues like love, hope, and kindness?

August 25: Summer Trip Reports

Kristin Franke, NPC's Director of Youth Ministries will share about the summer trips of our youth.


Summer Family Hour: Unlocking the Parables

Sundays, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jones Hall

Come enjoy breakfast as we unlock the meaning of Jesus’ parables through videos, skits, and hands-on activities. All ages are welcome at Family Hour! We also have optional childcare in the main church building for children up to age 4.

June 16: Parable of the Feast

June 23: Prodigal Son

June 30: Lost Sheep

July 7: Samaritan

July 14: Celebrating Vacation Bible School

July 21 Sower

July 28: Pearl

Coming Fall 2019

Following Jesus: The Story of His Life and Ours 

This fall, we’ll be following up “The Story” with “Following Jesus: The Story of His Life and Ours,” focusing on the story of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. Materials and a reading schedule will be coming soon!


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Parent Seminars

This fall, gather with other parents for study and conversation at the same time your kids meet at church! There will be three groups that meet throughout the year:


  • Parents of Early Elementary or Preschool Children: Studying Intentional Parenting on the first Saturday of the month from 10:00-11:30 a.m. beginning September 7. (Free childcare with RSVP!)
  • Parents of Older Elementary or Middle School Children: Studying The Art of Parenting twice a month on Fridays from 7:00-8:30 p.m. (the same time as Club 45 and Middle School Youth Group) beginning September 6. 
  • Parents of High School or Young Adult Children: Studying Growing With the last Sunday of the month from 7:00-8:00 p.m. (the same time as High School Youth Group) beginning September 29. 


Cost is $20 per person or $35 per couple for the entirety of the course and includes all materials, including the book.


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Monday-Saturday Classes

Women’s Bible Study: "The Story"

Saturdays, 9:30–11 a.m., Church Room 105

Join this vibrant and warm fellowship of women as they work their way through "The Story" with the rest of the church. This weekly study will keep on pace with National's reading of "The Story" by using the 31-week Study Guide available at class or in the church's bookstore. Feel free to join at any time.

Contact: Sandy Sharpe and Barbara Mitchell


Saturday Morning Bible Study

Saturdays, 8:30–10 a.m., Satellite Library

A Bible lesson followed by group conversation. We are studying the Letter of James. 

Contact: Angela Bouma




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